June 2017

A Book Review of The Promise by Karen Cheathem
As published by Red City Review

A novella about the power of love and what it means to keep your word, The Promise by Karen Cheathem explores the idea that good things can happen to good people, and that anything is possible if you have faith in the Lord. The narrative follows a woman named Luella Mae White, who grew up in terrible poverty and suffered cruel abuse. Luella persists through her hardships, determined to succeed and build a life of love and happiness for herself, finding strength through her Christian beliefs. The story is told as a modern day parable where a woman who has little finds power within herself to persevere and bring love and kindness to all those around her, even though the same is not always given to her in return.

Coming in around only sixty pages, The Promise is not a very long book, yet it still packs an emotional punch as the content within these pages will keep readers engrossed in the story. With a heavy focus on religion, Christian values, and the comfort a close relationship with God can give, it is sure to appeal to those who find strength in the Lord. Nevertheless, it also has the ability to appeal to those who might not be as spiritual or religious. Cheathem paints a strong character in Luella, and the supporting characters who surround her add further dynamic layers to this story about keeping promises, striving against difficult obstacles, and never giving up.

The Promise is available for a donation of $10.00.

March 15, 2017

SIA Co-Founder & Cancer Survivor, Perry Cheathem, Jr., Urges Grand Rapids Griffins Players & Coaches to Join the National Bone Marrow Registry

Perry Cheathem, Jr, is an advocate for joining the National Bone Marrow Registry.

Hockey players and coaches got an up-close look at what it means to save a life by being a bone marrow or stem cell donor when an actual stem cell recipient spoke to them about how a stem cell donor saved his life. Perry Cheathem, Jr., in an appearance at a Grand Rapids Griffins luncheon, told players and coaches about being diagnosed on October 2, 2014, with peripheral aggressive stage 4 T-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The luncheon, sponsored by Spectrum Health, was held at Intermissions restaurant.

To learn more about joining the Be the Match donor registry, go online and join at You may also contact Spectrum Health at 800 627-7692.

February 2016

Stewards In Action Brings Weekly Worship Services and More to The Hume Home

Stewards In Action (SIA) has entered into an agreement with The Hume Home to provide weekly non-denominational worship services for residents, their families and the community. Stewards In Action offers the weekly events through its SIA Hume Home Outreach Program. The agreement also includes workshops covering Medicare/Medicaid and estate planning. Residents and their families or community members may request different topics.

In addition to providing residents with an additional activity choice, the activities provided under the SIA Hume Home Outreach Program are designed to further enhance the interaction between The Hume Home and the surrounding community. The weekly 60-minute worship service offers inspirational music, prayer and scripture study. Residents are encouraged to relay their life experiences and request their favorite songs. They are also urged to invite their families to attend. Karen Cheathem, the co-founder of SIA and a gifted and talented pianist, singer and prolific bible scholar, leads the weekly service.

The workshops offered through the SIA Hume Home Outreach Program are intended to educate on the importance of planning for the future and will provide the information needed to do so. Workshop presenters include estate and elder law planning attorneys and representatives from the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP).

"The Hume Home and Stewards In Action partnership is a great fit, providing our residents and surrounding community with access to a weekly worship service, as well as, educational workshops that will help prepare for the future,” said Sandy Becker, administrator of the Hume Home. “We are so thankful and blessed to have made this connection. We invite the community to join us.”

“This outreach program supports individuals in continuing to be an integral part of their community, while raising awareness of the honor involved in the aging process, because growing old is normally accompanied by increased wisdom that should be shared,” said Karen Cheathem, secretary and treasurer for SIA. “One of the goals of SIA is to introduce individuals and families to the concept of biblical stewardship. We feel this foundation is the pivotal point that strengthens the community and sets a positive direction for every aspect of life.”
About Stewards In Action
Since 1999, Stewards In Action (SIA), a faith-based, non-profit organization, has provided classes and workshops to 4,985 people, providing them with tools to get out of debt, maximize their resources and start living better lives. Visit the website at
About the Hume Home
With a stated mission of “Honoring God by serving people as they age,” The Hume Home is dedicated to providing seniors in the Muskegon area with outstanding senior living experiences that embrace purpose, vitality and independence. Situated in a home-like environment, The Hume Home offers affordable assisted living and independent living. Care options include independent living, assisted living, memory/specialized care, respite/short-term care and day services. Visit the website at www.

PHONE: (231) 728-5490
FAX: (231) 725-2642


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